For someone who batted just .184 this past season, veteran catcher David Ross is pretty popular right now.
FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal writes that Ross could follow Jon Lester to the Cubs or the Red Sox to serve as his personal catcher once again. However, there are other possibilities out there. According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart said tonight that Ross is on the club’s radar. He could be a fit for the Padres if Yasmani Grandal gets dealt and a return to the Braves can’t be ruled out.
Ross turns 38 in March and is coming off a rough year, but he still has some pop in his bat, particularly against left-handed pitching. He could be useful playing a couple of games per week.
The Braves and Marlins have some bad blood, especially concerning Ronald Acuña Jr. Around this time last year, José Ureña intentionally threw at Acuña in the first at-bat of a game, leading to a benches-clearing incident. Acuña was hit on the elbow and exited the game but was ultimately fine. Acuña’s crime? Just being good at baseball. At the time, he had homered in five consecutive games, including three games against the Marlins.
In 2019, the first-place Braves and last-place Marlins have mostly minded their own business. The Marlins, however, can certainly keep a grudge it appears. With his first pitch in the bottom of the first inning Tuesday night in Atlanta, Marlins starter Elieser Hernández hit Acuña in the hip.
Home plate umpire Alan Porter issued warnings to both dugouts. Braves manager Brian Snitker wasn’t happy about his side having received a warning for no reason, and was ejected by first base umpire Mark Wegner. Hernández would hit Adeiny Hechavarría with a pitch in the fourth inning — seemingly unintentionally — and was not ejected. Other than that, there were no more incidents and cooler heads prevailed.
Acuña finished 1-for-4 in the Braves’ 5-1 win. Freddie Freeman hit two home runs and knocked in four runs.